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Researchers Mine Metals From Sewage

March 31, 2015 3:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In addition to including gold, silver or copper, the treated sewage can also contain palladium, vanadium and other metals used in the making of electronics.

Mining For Tourists? A Dubious Economic Savior in Appalachia

March 30, 2015 4:16 pm | by JONATHAN DREW and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Seco, like so many Central Appalachian communities, owes its existence to coal — its very name...

Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 28, 2015 3:28 pm | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO is paying a price for a massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70...

Execs From Montana's Largest Mining Company Moving to Denver

March 26, 2015 6:11 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and the company...

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Ex-coal Boss Pleads Not Guilty Again in Mine Safety Case

March 24, 2015 3:20 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

He is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards, falsifying coal dust samples and defrauding federal financial regulators related to Upper Big Branch Mine. A blast at the southern West Virginia mine killed 29 men in 2010.

State Wants More Info on Proposed Eastern Illinois Coal Mine

March 23, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says the mine would generate 300 jobs paying an average of $76,000 annually.

Regulators Seek Information From Company on Mine Proposal

March 20, 2015 3:19 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana regulators won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application, the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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Panel Nears Decision on Coal-Fired Power Plant Closure Plan

March 18, 2015 10:29 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come.

Venture Deep Inside a Ukrainian Coal Mine

March 16, 2015 4:07 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

"It's a job from hell," says a young man in this video whose father was killed while working in a mine.

Black Thunder Mine Expands LNG Pilot Program

March 16, 2015 10:33 am | by The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record | News | Comments

The Black Thunder mine has a fleet of 148 haul trucks, according to Arch Coal. It is one of the most productive mines in the world and has held the title of biggest in the world in the past.

W.Va. Governor Signs prevailing Wage, Coal Mining Bills

March 13, 2015 2:32 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed bills Thursday that scale back the state's prevailing wage and cut safety and environmental rules for coal mining.

Duke Energy Fined $25 Million Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 11, 2015 11:39 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state said monitoring wells near Duke's dumps at Sutton showed readings exceeding state groundwater standards or boron, thallium, selenium, iron, manganese and other chemicals.

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West Virginia Mine Cited in Week Before Fatal Accident

March 9, 2015 4:36 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine safety regulators issued more than a dozen citations to a West Virginia coal mine in the week before a Sunday accident that killed one worker and injured two others.

Death Toll in Ukraine Mine Blast Reaches 33

March 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

This latest unfortunate event is just one of many that have afflicted the mine during its 57-year history.

Mexico Fines Mine $1.5 Million For Spill, Lets it Reopen

March 2, 2015 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican authorities have fined a mining company about $1.5 million for an Aug. 7 spill of copper sulfate and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers in northern Mexico.

North Dakota Coal Production Increases 4 Percent in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota is known for its booming oil fields, but coal mining in the state also is a healthy industry.

Company Plans to Resume Work at Arizona Uranium Mine

February 23, 2015 9:55 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Arizona's only active uranium mine shuts down this spring, the company running it plans to restart another mine south of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Obama's Budget Includes Billions For Coal States

February 3, 2015 10:34 am | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new Republican-controlled Congress appeared skeptical of the president's outreach to the heart of the nation's coal country, with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing Monday that he would personally oversee the budget of Obama's Environmental Protection Agency.

Coal Mining Simulator Coming to Southern Illinois

January 27, 2015 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The simulator that Southeastern Illinois College and Illinois Eastern Community College plan to build will have features such as an imitation-smoke system and a control center where coordinators can monitor how the miners cope with disaster-like conditions.

Copper Slide Triggers Mine Closure, Layoffs

January 22, 2015 4:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A recent decline in the price of copper — and worrisome projections about the metals market going forward — has led to the closure of one mine in Montana and concern throughout the industry. Spokane Valley, Washington-based Revett Mining Co. this week announced it would suspend operations at the end of the month at Troy Mine.

Revett Mining Shutting Down Montana Silver, Copper Mine

January 20, 2015 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Revett Mining Co. has announced it is closing a copper and silver mine in northwestern Montana due to low metals prices and laying off just over 70 employees. Spokane Valley-based Revett announced Monday that it would end development work, continue milling operations through the end of January and then place the mine on "care and maintenance" mode.

Poland's Premier Helps in Stalled Talks With Striking Miners

January 12, 2015 3:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of angry coal miners in southern Poland staged an underground strike Monday to protest a plan to close four mines that the government says are losing money. Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz traveled to the area to sit down and talk with the protesting miners. Earlier negotiations broke down Sunday.

Judge Keeps Most of Gag Order in Former W.Va. Coal Exec Case

January 8, 2015 9:43 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is upholding most of a gag order in a criminal case against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was in charge of the Upper Big Branch mine when it exploded and killed 29 men. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger wrote that she needs much of the gag order intact to maintain a fair trial with unbiased prospective jurors in southern West Virginia.

Thousands of Indian Coal Workers End Strike

January 8, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

They ended their protest late Wednesday after Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal assured them that Coal India, which accounts for 80 percent of India's coal production, would not be privatized and the interests of workers would be protected.

Mohave County Mine Laying Off Hundreds of Workers

December 30, 2014 1:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A financially troubled copper mine in Mohave County is laying of hundreds of workers. The Today's News-Herald newspaper reports that the Mineral Park mine near Kingman sent layoff notices to more than 350 workers on Monday. The company has been attempting to tell the mine but a possible sale fell through.

2 Western Ky. Mines Halt Operations, Affecting 670 Miners

December 29, 2014 4:47 pm | by The Gleaner; Henderson, Ky. | News | Comments

Two large underground coal mines in western Kentucky will be idled, putting about 670 miners out of work. Patriot Coal Corp. is halting operations at its Highland No. 9 mine and Dodge Hill No. 1 mine in Union County. The mines employ about 670 workers and produced about 3.9 million tons of thermal coal last year

Murray Energy Expanding Coal Prep Plant in Benwood

December 24, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

Murray Energy is expanding its coal preparation plant in Benwood. Construction of a new coal processing facility is underway at the Ohio County Coal Co. prep plant. The project is expected to be completed by late spring.

Myanmar Villagers Remain in Standoff Over Mine

December 23, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers refusing to leave their homes for the expansion of a Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar remained in a tense standoff with security forces for a second day Tuesday, with two reported hurt. The confrontation left one woman dead Monday when guards and police fired at the protesting villagers.

US Coal Mines Nearing Record Low in Worker Deaths

December 22, 2014 9:13 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths. Federal mine safety officials credit changes they've made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010.

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